Green Bay vs. San Diego: Grading the Packers' Performance Against the Chargers

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Green Bay vs. San Diego: Grading the Packers' Performance Against the Chargers
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Ted Thompson is the head schoolmaster of an institution of higher performance

The Green Bay Packers have now won a franchise-record 14 straight games. That is quite an accomplishment for the third-oldest franchise in the sport, much less the one with the best winning percentage and most championships.

Green Bay is Titletown once again and looking to stay there. Perhaps no unbeaten team has ever looked as good and as vulnerable at the same time.

This is great for blogs and sports talk. Skip Bayless pointed out Wednesday morning on ESPN First Take that the Packers are the "31st-worst pass-defense."

Yes, Skip, that would be the second-best.

And if you paid attention to all the stats instead of just those that support your now completely irrational opinion that the Packers should have taken Brett Favre back instead of turning the reins over to Aaron Rodgers (who everyone else on the planet sees is the best in the league), you would know that second-best is at least closer to where they are than second-worst.

Opposing quarterbacks have the 10th-lowest passer rating against the Packers' defense. It is not for lack of talent faced, like Pro Bowl candidates from the past and present such as Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Jay Cutler, Matt Ryan and Philip Rivers.

The Packers' own passing offense is so potent that other teams have to pass a lot to try to keep up. The best quarterback and receivers in the world make this team look unbeatable. The 7-0 record through the bye included four road games and two against teams with a winning record.

At the same time, Green Bay does give up the second-most passing yards in the NFL. The running game, run-defense and special teams are middle of the pack, making this team look vulnerable. Four of the seven teams faced had losing records.

After Green Bay's win in San Diego, the debate about this team's place in history rightly continues. As you can see from this report card on that game, the Packers excelled and struggled in all the same areas they did in the regular season (see these links for offensive and defensive mid-term grades)...

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